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Champions of peace Satyarthi, Malala receive Nobel Peace Prize

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai - an Indo-Pak, Hindu-Muslim 'champions of peace' - Wednesday received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for their pioneering work on promoting child rights in the troubled sub-continent, as they made an impassioned plea to globalise compassion.

“Satyarthi and Yousafzai are precisely the people whom Alfred Nobel in his will calls 'champions of peace',” Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland said in his speech before awarding them the prestigious prize here. “A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the world needs: more unity. Fraternity between the nations!,” he added.

Satyarthi, who gave up his job as an electrical engineer to run an NGO for rescuing children from forced labour and trafficking, said: “I refuse to accept the world is so poor, when just one week of global military expenditure is enough to bring all of children into classrooms.”
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